Chemical spill cleaned up on Hwy 49 in Gulfport

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Highway 49 in Gulfport was shut for about 10 minutes Wednesday morning while emergency crews cleaned up a chemical spill. It happened near the intersection of Hwy 49 and O'Neal Road.

Gulfport Fire Chief Michael Beyerstedt said the load shifted inside the truck and several of the drums were damaged. One leaked out completely and several other drums had smaller leaks. Officials estimate a total of about 75 gallons spilled.

The truck driver told police he felt the load shift, so he pulled over in the right of away.

The liquid was a waste product of Hydroflouric acid, not the full strength acid, so it was not as dangerous as first feared.

A cleanup crew removed the chemical and the roadway was reopened.

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